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In 1938 Graham Greene was commissioned to visit Mexico to discover the state of the country and its people in the aftermath of the brutal anti-clerical purges of President Calles. His journey took him through the tropical states of Chiapas and Tabasco, where all the churches had been destroyed or closed and the priests driven out or shot. The experiences were the inspiration for his acclaimed novel, The Power and the Glory.
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Journey Without Maps and The Lawless Roads reveal Greene's ravening spiritual hunger, a desperate need to touch rock bottom within the self and in the humanly created world
Greene's originality lay in his gifts as a traveller. He had the foreign ear and eye for the strangeness of ordinary life and its ordinary crises
Infuses the geography of distant places with an intense understanding of individual human destiny at play under startling and oppressive social conditions
The Lawless Roads, a masterpiece, embraces the spiritual and political conflict of the twentieth century, the cruelty of social engineers, the corruption of politicians and the wan humanity of martyrs made heroic by grace
Greene's work is a crucial link between the two most dynamic cultures of the present day, the Hispanic and the Anglo-American
From wartime fiction to satire, history to essays on modern life, here are some books that'll transport you to "the queen of watering places".
Graham Greene worked in espionage for MI6, travelled the world and somehow found time to become one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. With 24 novels, short stories, poetry and two autobiographies under his belt, here's our list of his best books to start with.